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Looking to celebrate a recent high school or college graduate?
Honor their academic achievement with a special gift — whether a personalized keepsake, an inspirational book, or a practical present to get him or her ready for that next big opportunity.
Here's some of our top picks that are sure to pass the test. Plus, all of these A+ gift ideas are affordable too.
- 1. MOSISO MacBook Air Case, $20, Amazon
A stylish and productive case is something any laptop user will appreciate. While this case is designed for a 13-inch MacBook Air laptop, check the Mosiso Amazon store for accessories to fit any style.
- 2. Dogeared "Going Places" Necklace, $37, Amazon
So many places, so many possibilities! This special necklace from Dogeared will inspire your ambitious graduate to do great things on the road ahead. Gold and silver options available.
- 3. Hallmark Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go Picture Frame, $16, Amazon
That picture perfect moment your grad touches that diploma can now have a place to shine. On the front of this frame is a special excerpt from Dr. Seuss's book, “You have brains in your head you have feet in your shoes you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
- 4. Kenon Engraved Wooden Watch, $39, Amazon
This Kenon watch comes with an engraved inspirational message on the back for your student. Choose either a "mom to son" or "dad to son" personalization option. Now, that's a great gift!
- 5. Imagination Paperweight, $36, Uncommon Goods
STEM-focused grads will be inspired by Albert Einstein's words of wisdom, etched on this pewter paperweight.
- 6. Class of 2019 Diploma Charm Bangle, $28, Alex and Ani
Jewelry maker Alex and Ani is known for creating bangles to help celebrate every occasion — including your graduate's milestone.
- 7. AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner, $50, Amazon
For that next study abroad trip, this 20-inch durable spinner will come in handy. Four color options available.
- 8. The Path Necklace, $55, UncommonGoods
This necklace is inspired by a quote from mid-19th century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and it's a beautiful reminder to forge your own trail.
- 9. My Life Story — So Far, $30, UncommonGoods
This journal gives your overachiever prompts to jotting down all of his or her success stories and hard-won wisdom.
- 10. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2019, $20, Amazon
A practical manual for new college graduates looking for career guidance. It includes tips on anything for writing resumes to interviewing and networking — guiding job hunters toward their dream.
- 11. Cyrilla Leather Card Holder, $39 (originally $65), Nordstrom
Reward your student for a job well done with a pretty card holder by Ted Baker.
- 12. Mixed Tartan Card Case, $39, Nordstrom
Your graduate will feel all grown up with this handsome card case built from a tough twill blend.
- 13. Stitch Fix Monthly Clothing and Accessories Subscription, $20 plus cost of items you keep, Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix has stylists on hand who will curate a selection of five items for your grad to try at home — and keep what he or she likes. Shipping is free both ways, and the service is available for both men and women.
- 14. Trunk Club Monthly Clothing and Accessories Subscription, $25 plus cost of items you keep, Trunk Club
Trunk Club customers fill out a short survey about their style preferences as well as sizes, and a stylist curates a crate of options to try. Don't like it? He or she can send everything back and try again, paying only for kept items.
- 15. Uber Gift Card, $25, Walmart
Still stuck? An Uber gift card will likely be appreciated. Plus, you can send it via e-mail.
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